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Pat (Anton Yelchin) takes his punk rock band, The Ain’t Rights, to a nightclub in a bid to take them one step closer to their big break. They aren’t quite as well received as they had hoped. Their little tour takes a much more grisly turn when they walk back into their dressing room to discover a body with a knife sticking out of its head. What follows is a major struggle to escape the clutches of the bar’s owner, Darcy Banker (Patrick Stewart), as he seeks to take out the only witnesses to the brutal murder and eliminate all traces of what happened in the club that night.
Last year, Green Room hit cinemas and was greeted by a lot of very good reviews. When I got the DVD after Christmas I was very eager to see the film. However, it is only now that I have been able to finally watch it. Was it worth the wait? Yes, but that’s not it say that it didn’t have its faults.
As one of those survival-type films, there is of course a real opportunity for some great performances to emerge, but also for some very, very bad ones to rear their heads as well. Thankfully, I did enjoy the key performances here, which makes a change for a film with elements of horror. Anton Yelchin was brilliant to watch. He reminded us of a talent that was lost way too soon, however I think my favourite person in this film has to be Imogen Poots as Amber. She and Yelchin worked really well together. I thought this showed as their characters came together in order to try and get out alive. What was the best thing about Poots here though was the fact that she was able to play a pretty intelligent character. This was shown at various points throughout the film.
Now, it probably isn’t worth much coming from me as I am notorious for jumping at everything. There are moments dotted throughout Green Room that made me twitch a bit when they happened. It certainly had a few good thrills laced throughout its run, although it took a little longer than I’d have liked for these to start happening.
My biggest gripes about the film are that it focuses on things that I felt should have been done, but for some reason were not. One of these things was the use of Patrick Stewart. Or lack of it, shall we say. I just think he should have been on-screen more than he was considering what a wonderful actor he is. My other main issue was the ending. It just happened. Somebody said something, and then the credits started rolling. It just felt a bit sudden. I thought it let what had been a pretty solid film down quite a bit.
On the whole, Green Room is a film that is well worth watching. More of a thriller than a horror. It had plenty of moments that certainly made my heart beat a bit faster. It has a few issues. Nothing too major, and a couple of great lead performances make this a good watch, and one that I’m very happy to say I’ve seen, even if we have seen films of a similar nature in the past.
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